A 14-year-old boy faked his own kidnapping in order to get a huge sum of ransom from his father in the South Indian city of Chennai.
The boy studying in the 9th grade called up his father and said that he has been kidnapped by unknown men and they are demanding INR₹ 1 million as ransom, a police officer said.
The boy’s father, who owns a two-wheeler accessories shop, immediately closed his store and rushed to the nearby Zam Bazaar police station in Triplicane. The boy who studies in a private school, had gone for his tuition class to Ice House.
Police took immediate action and traced the boy’s phone, finding that he was somewhere in the Chepauk locality. When the police team rushed to the spot, they found the boy standing near the Chepauk railway station.
When the police questioned him, the boy kept insisting that he was kidnapped. The police confirmed that he was faking his own kidnapping by going through the CCTV footage. An officer said, “When we combed through the CCTV footage, it was found that Babu and his friend had reached the spot in an auto-rickshaw,” reported the daily.
The auto-rickshaw driver told the police that when they reached their destination and he asked for money, the friend abandoned the boy, who had to pay INR₹ 40 for the ride.
After the boy finally told his plan to the police officers, they warned him to never repeat this action again and allowed him to go.